Then the axe was in his hand, whirling, spinning in the fury of battle as Eena fought beside him, thrusting fiercely with her spear.
— John R Dann, Song of the Axe (vol 1 cap 28)
Axemen in Warbirth can be used in lieu of Swordsmen when the need arises, but are specialised in attacking buildings and light units. The power of their weapon means that it is usually foolhardy to march light infantry and light cavalry to attack them head on. So if you are playing